England v Panama - World Cup Match Preview


(Hopefully a "Mike Bassett style" half time team talk won't be necessary on Sunday!)

England v Panama - Group G

After their opening victory at the World Cup, expectations have risen slightly for England and on Sunday they take on Panama in their second game of the tournament. On paper their first two games provided them with an opportunity to pick up six points, and it could be argued that the toughest of those games is behind them. This should be a comfortable afternoon for England, they have the attacking quality to break down this defensively minded Panama team, and they shouldn’t face too many problems from them defensively.

England are rightfully long odds on to win this game so from a betting point of view, people will be looking elsewhere for their value. One area of interest is sure to be the goal scoring section, as many fans expect England to bag a few against Panama. In their opener England scored twice and it was Harry Kane who got them both. He will be popular as England’s main striker, and he can be backed in a number of different ways. To score first or last he is priced up at just 2/1 with Betfair, who were obviously impressed with his play on Monday. If you want a bigger price then he can be backed at 10/3 to repeat his brace from the first game against Panama, while going one better and scoring a hat trick can be backed at 14/1.

On Monday we saw both Marcus Rashford and Reuben Loftus-Cheek make substitute appearances and we could see them from the start in this game. Rashford would give England another goal scoring threat and he is 3/1 to score the first goal against Panama, something that would interest many people if it is confirmed he is starting. Loftus-Cheek did well when coming on and looked lively, he isn’t known as a goal scorer like Rashford, but can get involved and is 7/2 to score a goal at any time in the game.

If correct score betting is your thing then scores like 3-0 and 4-0 are going to be the most popular on Sunday. 3-0 can be backed at 11/2 with Betfair, while 4-0 is much bigger at 12/1 and could be seen as value by some. A 2-0 England win is the current 7/2 favourite with Betfair.

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